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Assemblymember Yamada Blogs About the Food Stamp Challenge

Assemblymember Yamada Blogs About the Food Stamp Challenge

This is the first guest post from Assemblymember Yamada as she takes on the Hunger Challenge. She will be living on a food budget for one week equivalent to what the average CalFresh (Food Stamps) would be receiving in benefits. In California that average is $4 per day.

Assemblymember Yamada:

Day 1
After speaking at Davis Community Meals 3rd Annual “Hand in Hand” Fundraiser, I went to my local Safeway armed with the grocery ads and a calculator.

Here is what I bought for this year’s Hunger Challenge:

1 pound ground turkey – $3.99 (50% discount due to expiration date today)
1 extra firm Tofu Lite – $1.99
1 can chicken corn chowder soup – $1.29
1 can black beans – $0.79
1 can tuna – $0.99
1 4pk yogurt – $1.49
1 6pk Top Ramen – $0.89
1 loaf 12-grain bread – $2.49
1 red leaf lettuce – $0.79
3 bananas – $0.62
2 tomatoes – $0.52
1 pk fresh green beans – $2.00
1 can organic coffee – $3.49

13 items total = $21.34

What is different from previous years is that I found in-store coupon deals through which I could afford COFFEE.  Since this is my beverage of choice, and practically one of my five basic food groups, the week ahead should be a little easier for everyone around me.

Going to cook the ground turkey now because it expires tonight.

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